Sophie has home to call her own
Kentish Express story prompts offer of new home to mum and her sick daughter
A MOTHER and her sick daughter’s weeks of having to live in hospital are over.
Last week we highlighted the plight of single parent Georgina Farmer, 33, who had been sleeping at the bedside of her three-year-old daughter Sophie at the William Harvey hospital for nine weeks.
Suffering from a rare lung condition, Sophie has been receiving treatment since Christmas that now requires her constantly using oxygen.
Although consultants gave the go-ahead for Sophie to leave the hospital for a suitable home where she could be cared for by her mother and community nurses, Ashford Borough Council was unable to help, leaving them marooned in the children’s ward.
Last week we published Miss Farmer’s appeal for help, which immediately came up trumps.
Property millionaire Fergus Wilson, who owns hundreds of homes for rent in the town, spotted the story on his weekly visit to Ashford and immediately instructed his agents to sort out a home for Sophie and her mum.
He said: “I used to be a teacher in Maidstone and worked with children with lung conditions.
“I was touched by the story of their plight and they will get a nice house to live in comfort where I hope they will be very happy and be able to get on with the challenges they face in their lives.”
Within the day Miss Farmer was offered a selection of properties and agreed on a terraced two-bedroomed property at Park Farm, Kingsnorth, and started moving her belongings in at the weekend.
Unfortunately, Sophie couldn’t immediately join her as she has suffered a medical setback.
It was not the only offer made to Miss Farmer.
Simon Holdstock offered a self-contained ground-floor apartment at his home in Duckworth Close, Willesborough, and the council said they would have a home available for her in three weeks.
Thanking the Kentish Express this week Miss Farmer, said: “It was fantastic and I am thrilled to pieces that Mr Wilson, who I have never met, just allowed me to move in and is generously paying all the normal fees and deposits to the agents himself.
“The council offered me a flat but it was not suitable as it had no garden.
“Sadly Sophie picked up another cold over the weekend and will not be fit enough to come with me to our new home until later in the week.”
Property millionaire Fergus Wilson
Georgina farmer with her daughter Sophie
For full report and pictures on the steam weekend see page 13.